One of Houston’s best-kept secrets is its literary scene. With world-class literary organizations, one of the top creative writing programs in the country, a wealth of reading series, and a strong community of readers and publishing writers, the Bayou City has a lot to offer lovers of all things words.
Inprint (Montrose), 1520 W. Main: Inprint, an organization dedicated to literary arts in Houston, hosts community writing workshops and literary performances by some of the most beloved writers around the world.
Writers in the Schools (Montrose), 1523 W. Main St.: One of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, Writers in the Schools sends Houston writers into area schools to “engage students in the pleasure and power of reading and writing.”
(inside the 610 Loop)
Brazos Book Store (Rice Village), 2421 Bissonnet St: Brazos is a small but expertly curated independent bookstore specializing in contemporary and classic literature, nonfiction, architecture monographs, and children’s books. Hosting regular readings and literary events, it is a mainstay in Houston’s literary community.
Kaboom Books (Heights), 3116 Houston Ave: Kaboom is a cozy and eclectic used bookstore in Houston’s historic Heights neighborhood featuring frequent patio readings.
Murder by the Book (Rice Village), 2342 Bissonnet St: Catering to lovers of the mystery genre, Murder by the Book offers new and used books and regular author signings.
River Oaks Bookstore (River Oaks), 3270 Westheimer: River Oaks is a small, independent bookstore with a knowledgeable staff, intimate feel, and 35-year history in Houston.
Gulf Coast Reading Series (Montrose), 2010 Waugh Dr.: This series is hosted by University of Houston’s Gulf Coast Literary Journal and takes place at Rudyard’s British Pub. It is a relaxed and off-kilter series featuring emerging writers from UH’s Creative Writing Program. Must be 21 to attend.
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series (various locations): This reading series hosts internationally acclaimed writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Recent readers include Michael Cunningham, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kevin Young, and Karen Russell.
Poison Pen Reading Series (Montrose), 1641 Westheimer Rd. Ste. B: Featuring an array of local talent, Poison Pen offers a laid-back patio reading known for its humor and unpredictability. Must be 21 to attend.
Public Poetry (public libraries around town): A community-based series, Public Poetry showcases emerging and established poets from Houston and its surrounding regions. Readings take place on the first Saturday of the month at libraries throughout Houston.
Writers in the Schools: Meta-Four Houston Slams (various locations): Houston is home to a vibrant slam and spoken word scene and Meta-Four Houston brings to the mic some of its youngest members—middle school and high school students who excel at merging poetry and performance.
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